HEALTHY CHOICES: Noosa Men's Shed's Col Staun and students Shononi Campbell and Zoe Richter.
HEALTHY CHOICES: Noosa Men's Shed's Col Staun and students Shononi Campbell and Zoe Richter.

Morning tea just won't be same for Noosa Shedders

TWO Sunshine Coast University nutrition and dietetic students, Zoe Richter and Shononi Campbell, have been looking at the eating habits of Noosa Men's Shed members.

Their conclusion: Morning teas of bakery made sweet buns, savoury cheese rolls and leftover sausages from Bunnings sizzles are out and fresh vegetables and fruit are in.

As part of their public health placement course, Zoe and Shononi recently completed a survey of 45 of the shed members. Their aim was to identify any barriers to healthy eating and to recommend ways to promote healthier food options.

As Zoe told Seniors: "We found the top two barriers to a healthy diet were food knowledge and cooking skills.

"Among our recommendations are morning tea of fruit from local shops and produce from the shed's own vegie garden.

"The shed is also installing a new kitchen and we've suggested introducing the 'Cooking for 1 or 2 Program' run by the Department of Veteran Affairs."

The survey took six weeks and was introduced as part of the shed's "Men's Health and Wellbeing Program".

According to organiser Owen Curtis the program provides an excellent opportunity for members to chat informally about those health related issues that concern them.

"It allows time for talks from health professionals, support groups, and other experts in men's health.

"Last year the monthly talks were scheduled from February through to October and among the topics covered were 'Back Pain and its Management,' 'Heart Attacks' and 'Diabetes Recognition and Management,'"

Owen said planning for this year was now well underway. "When the new kitchen is finished, we will certainly be implementing the" Cooking for 1 or 2 Program" recommended by Zoe and Shononi."

Membership inquiries: Call secretary Neil Watt on 5474 4887 or email noosamensshed@gmail.com.


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